Nepali deputy PM asks district "king" to step down 2008-10-08 23:51:07   Print

    KATHMANDU, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Nepali Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam Wednesday met a "king" in a western district and asked him to step down.

    Gautam met "Mustangi King Jigme Palbar Bista" at the latter's palace in Mustang district, some 195 km west of Nepali capital Kathmandu, and said that kingship has ended in the country.

    The monarchy in Mustang is older than that of the Shah dynasty, which ended by the first Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting on May 28 as the country was declared a federal democratic republic, local news website eKantipur reported on Wednesday.

    Gautam informed that he delivered the government's message to King Bista, who stands as the symbol of culture preservation, with due respect.

    In response, the King said that he was ready to accept the government's decision and would live a life of a civilian and work towards preserving culture.

    Although the monarchy had been formally ended with the declaration of the federal democratic republic, the system still exists in four different parts of the country, namely Mustang, Bajhang, Salyan and Jajarkot. All the four districts are in the west of the country.

Editor: Yan
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